Honorary awards went to Dr Felix Anyah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Dr Elsie Kauffman, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, Mr Iyiola Ayoade, Chief Executive Officer of Multiple Concepts Group and David Asare Asiamah, Chief Executive Officer of Agro Mindset for their contributions to the socio-economic growth of the country in their respective fields
Stakeholders at the recently held Impact Africa Summit have called for the alignment of Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda of the country.
According to the stakeholders, DFI and SGDs are inseparable since they both seek to create a prosperous environment for equal development.
Professor George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning and Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the SDGs, addressing participants at the day’s event held in Accra, said the country’s first step in propagating the SGDs agenda was to align it with its development activities.
He said with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the co-chair of the SGDs advocate, the country has positioned itself through its policies to ensure the targets are not missed.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour, who is also the Member of Parliament for Wenchi, noted that policies like One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs, free SHS, were all introduced to meet the development needs of the country.
He said the committee set up by the president would deliver annual reports on the country’s attainment of the SDGs targets.
Seth Owusu-Mante, Executive Secretary of International Perspective For Policy & Governance (IPPG), organizers of the event, said delivering on the SDGs require building long lasting partnership models, which are scalable, transformative and can create shared values.
“The forum, which is the second to be held, has been organized to strengthen the partnership between stakeholders, especially the private sector in working towards the attainment of the SDGs, suggest innovative approaches of partnerships in the implementation of the SDGs and propose how government can create enabling environment for fostering effective partnerships,” he added.
Peter Charway, Head of Research & Strategy, Ideal Capital Partners, in his remarks, called for deliberate attempts to push the SGDs agenda forward.
He particularly commended efforts by the Akufo-Addo administration to move Ghana from aid to trade.
He said Ghana, which has natural resources like cocoa, gold and oil, can meet the SDGs targets with support from the private sector if its resources are properly managed.